I think this is really poignant! Be sure to give John’s blog a visit, he has a lot to say.
Originally posted on What Is Real True Love?:
This is not by any means what we normally think of when asking God to bless us. Maybe when asking God to “bless” our enemies or oppressors, but not when asking him to bless our family and friends. (And certainly not ourselves!)
How would this fly in the real world?—“Hello, Neighbor, may God bless you and your family with discomfort, anger, tears, and foolishness on this fine day and on many many of the days of your life.”
Who in their right mind would want to be blessed with discomfort, anger, tears, foolishness?
We would much rather be blessed with peace, comfort, prosperity, and happiness. In fact, this is likely what the vast majority of we humans ask for. The Joel Osteen positive-thinking prosperity-Christianity sells very well.
But if we really take this whole Christianity thing (or Islam or Judaism) seriously, if we really believe in God…
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